From May 14-20, the Collegeville Institute held its first 2019 regional writing workshop at the historic Franklinton Center at Bricks, North Carolina in partnership with School for Conversion. The workshop titled Writing for Mystic Activists was led by Chanequa Walker-Barnes and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and invited twelve faith leaders and activists to explore writing as a contemplative practice. Participants had the opportunity to connect with a long tradition of resistance writers, develop their craft, and build community with others who experience a similar vocation.
One participant remarked that the group “seemed to gel and offer particular passions and voices of movements that they are a part of. I feel that the Spirit gifted us with the people who needed to be present and energized us in our work. I came for the writing time and space, to learn more from Chanequa and Jonathan, but the other writers were remarkable and I learned so much from them too.”
When asked to reflect on the workshop, one participant wrote: “Writers need each other. Mystic activists need each other. People of Color need each other. And all three are prone to forget that or fail to take care of themselves. Please keep this workshop going.”